Everyone has those special moments in life that make you think.  Some call them turning points, or even ‘the moment”. When you realize something in your life needs to change – a pivot point in my life- a reckoning moment where everything needs to shift. Would you agree that we have all had those moments? Yes…

A few years ago, I was at a career impasse and did not know what to do. I felt like I was failing or stuck and I seemed obsessed with the negativity and problems. Which way do I go?

And then it hit me- I needed to change my mindset. Instead of trying to change the outside, I needed to change the inside first. I needed to stop bemoaning what was without, look within and take action!

So, I took action. I asked good questions about my skills and how could I build on that. The difference now was that I could run to a computer and decided- a PhD. program.

Not only did I get in, much to my surprise, the big day finally came. Not only did my changed mindset and the Universe reward me, I completed the program.

It was time for the hooding ceremony. The pageantry was like winning Olympics. They placed a cloth drape like the gold medal over my head. I stood for mere seconds while people clapped. I had changed my mindset and took action and the feedback came. Internal mindset had made the difference.

And so, I had my completion. I had a degree and soon a job in academia, or so I thought. And, the Universe was ready to reward me after I took action… right? Well, after over 200 applications, no job materialized. I was devastated yet again. But my mindset kicked in.

So again, I rolled up my sleeves, shifted my mindset and beliefs and decided on some new actions to take. I unlearned. I decided that my mindset about education wasn’t working for me. I still wanted to cry but instead, I looked within and took action until making the pivot needed. By looking within and making the change there first, my pivot was made.

Looking Within First

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